Jailbreaking phones becomes legal, but you'd need your carrier's permission to unlock a handset from 2013
posted by Victor H. / Oct 26, 2012, 5:59 AM
Why are tablets so weirdly not included? It seems that tablets are simply too hard to define and an exemption could have been used for e-readers and mobile gaming consoles. The decision comes in a triennial review of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
But what’s even more baffling, is the fact that unlocking your phone to work with any carrier - while still legal - is now much more limited. You’d be able to unlock your phone freely by January 2013. What happens next? Starting in 2013, you’d need permission from your carrier to unlock your phone to have it work on other carriers.
Outside mobile, the Copyright Office decided that making personal backups of DVDs is still illegal, and modding game consoles is a breach of the law as well.
What are your thoughts about those rulings?
source: US Copyright Office via TheVerge
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What if i told you i give a .... About copyright laws , anyways happy jailbreaking my phone from "2011"
posted on Oct 26, 2012, 6:02 AM 0
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You'd need to ask your carrier to unlock? How stupid is that? This is a slap to the face to those who spent a lot on money on their phones and can't take it to another carrier.
posted on Oct 26, 2012, 6:07 AM 7
I don't see a need to jailbreak it, It's nothing but ruined your warranty...
posted on Oct 26, 2012, 6:09 AM 1
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You don't see the need for freedom and customization?
posted on Oct 26, 2012, 11:12 AM 3
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Here's a few reasons 1: Google voice integration app for calls (also integrates with iMessage) 2: Hide all the apple bloatware like newstand, itunes etc 3: MusicBox for downloading free music 4: Double tap power button to activate flashlight 5: free wifi hotspot tethering 6: Installous gets you apps for free An iPhone without jb is useless.
posted on Oct 27, 2012, 4:41 PM 0
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Do you see the need for people who bought a device and own it to be able to modify it however they like? What right does anyone have to tell me what I can or cannot do with something I own (so long as I'm not endangering anyone or their property)?
posted on Oct 26, 2012, 1:04 PM 3
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"i" Applaud the U.S. Copyright Office for their interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and their commitment to its' enforcement. My iPhone 4, though, is already Jailbroken, unfortunately, I just use it as an MP3 player.
posted on Oct 26, 2012, 6:20 AM 5
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My Nexus 7 is rooted - who is going to arrest me? No one....that is who.
posted on Oct 26, 2012, 10:38 AM 4
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It's not like Android is listed anyway. From what I gather from the Anandtech/ Dailytech article: http://www.dailytech.com/artic
Besides, considering how Google is with Android and open source there would be quite an uproar if they decide to stop modders. If the OEMs do it well then we know who NOT to buy from.
posted on Oct 27, 2012, 3:34 AM 0
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I love how they say "The Library of Congress explained that it believes there are enough unlocked handsets available in the market at this time" - phonescoop.com. Im pretty sure all carriers(for sure VZW and Sprint) lock the phones from the get go. It seems quite arbitrary that phones can be unlocked but not tablets.
posted on Oct 26, 2012, 11:12 AM 0
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Why do we even have laws concerning this? If a person pays for a device. It is there to do with as they please. This idea that company can make a product, take someone money in trade for it, then turn around and still act as they own it is complete bull.
posted on Oct 26, 2012, 11:57 AM 1
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This is bullsh*t...If I paid for something, I do whatever the f**k I wanna do with it. I love the US, but some of their laws and practices are just plain retarded. Heavy carrier branding on phones? Get permission from carriers to jailbreak my phone? Paying to tether? Carrier specific phones? How can you people live under this kind of tyranny?
posted on Oct 26, 2012, 1:24 PM 1
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Sorry but anyone who uses the argument that "they paid for it so they can do whatever they want" is false. Anyone who didn't pay full retail did not buy the phone. Which is why you signed a contract tying you to that carrier, which in turn is why they don't want you to take that marked down phone where ever you want. Also, you can't complain about not being able to mess with software in your phone, because when you mess the phone up the first thing you will want is a warranty replacement. Well sorry, but you don't deserve the warranty since this is no different then dropping it or getting it wet. You are the reason the phone messed up, no the manufacturer. If you pay full price for the phone, then do whatever you want with it....But if you signed a contract then you have no place to complain.
posted on Oct 26, 2012, 9:48 PM 0
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i disagree with you. Even if i buy a phone at a subsidized price I have the right to sell it therefore it is mine. I do it all the time. I have 5 lines so I get an upgrade every 4 months or so and I buy, sell and trade subsidized phones all the time. So my point is that if I can sell something then it must belong to me.
posted on Oct 27, 2012, 12:21 AM 0
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I half way disagree with you. Regardless if the phone is subsidize or not, you are making the agreement to pay the carrier back through the course of two year. So they are not giving you anything. So it is your property and yours to do with as you please. Now i do agree with you about the warranty. If you mess with your phone and screw it up....it is on you. not the carrier or manufacturer fault.
posted on Oct 27, 2012, 10:13 AM 0
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I disagree with you because its mandatory to get a decent price on a phone. In the U.S. phone subsidies distort the market. Laws this article explains out make this problem worse. If I don't want to sign a contract, a decent phone will cost me at least 400-700 bucks and the service costs are rediculous because they are designed to make phone subsidies affordable for the carrier. If the Government got out of the way of the phone industry carriers would eventually abandon phone subsidies and make plans cheaper. This would make phones about 200-600 bucks on average and you would be able to buy phones straight from the manufactuer or from an electronic store. The business would be similar to other electronic purchases like a computer or laptop.
posted on Oct 28, 2012, 12:05 AM 0
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The law enforcement is not acceptable. What if people pay for their cars monthly, can they do what they want with the cars but not damaging, negatively affecting, and harming others? In this case, some phones are subsidized, but we still paying the bills until the contracts end. We also forced to pay terminal fees if we want to jump out of the contract. So the in or out of contracts phone's are our properties, not the carriers'.
posted on Oct 29, 2012, 1:08 AM 0
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That's ridiculous. That would be like having to buy a new car when changing car insurance, or a new TV and computer when you switched cable and internet. And I'm sure Verizon (using them as an example since that's who I have) would not make it an easy process of allowing you jailbreak your phone.
posted on Oct 29, 2012, 2:12 PM 0
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